The Northern Hunter is one of the ten high dragons encountered in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Lying asleep in an inaccessible location south of the dam in Crestwood, the draining of the lake during the quest Still Waters will wake her, and she takes residence in the ruins around the Fereldan Wyvern Statues landmark, due south of the Village of Crestwood, Caer Bronach and the – fittingly named – Wyvern's Watch landmark, in the Black Fens region.

Background Edit

Even when compared to other High Dragons, Northern Hunters are voracious eaters, who eat everything from nugs to wyverns to human foodstocks, like vegetables and cheese.[1]

Stats Edit

Level 13 Boss
119000 HP (Nightmare difficulty) 113302 HP (Hard difficulty)
41 Armor
Greater Electricity Resistance
Spirit Vulnerability
Immunity: All Disabling Effects
Immunity: Slowed

Strategy Edit

You must drain Crestwood's lake in order to fight the Northern Hunter. Draining the lake occurs as part of the Still Waters quest chain.

Out of all the high dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Northern Hunter is arguably the easiest to kill. She is relatively low level, does not summon allies, does not fly off in the middle of battle and does not generate a guard bar, which makes this fight relatively simple.

Your party should consist of one warrior and three ranged attackers. Mages should have fire or ice staves with spirit runes, if possible, and all party members should ideally have equipment that grants electricity resistance.

Like all high dragons, the Northern Hunter uses tail, claws and bite melee attacks. She also uses the following attacks:

  • Breath weapon: She will breathe out a burst of lightning that hits hard and leaves a damaging area of effect behind afterwards. She will broadcast her attack by rearing her head back and looking towards the companion she intends to target. Take control of whichever companion she is looking at and move them out of the way - she may follow for a short time, but once her breath attack begins you can generally move out of the way faster than she can turn.
  • Berserk: Periodically, she will use a lightning-based berserk attack. This creates a ring of electricity around each companion that deals damage to them and anyone nearby. This effect will stack, so that companions standing next to one another will receive damage each other's electricity ring as well as their own. Having three ranged attackers helps to reduce damage by allowing you to keep party members spread apart.
  • Vortex: Occasionally, she will rear up on her legs, beat her wings quickly, and pull all companions into melee range with strong winds. Each wing beat will also deal high damage to anyone it pulls in, but not to party members in melee range. When you see her start beating her wings, use Fade Step for mages and Evade or Hook and Tackle for rogues to quickly move them into melee range. Once the effect stops, switch to tactical camera and spour ranged attackers out as soon as possible - she often follows this attack up with Berserk, meaning your allies can quickly kill each other if they don't scatter as soon as the vortex finishes.

If you keep your party spread out and heal as necessary, this battle should be fairly straightforward. If you are having difficulty, consider equipping Electrical Resistance Tonic, Regeneration Potion and/or Healing Mist on your party members.

Rewards Edit

  • 4,860 XP plus 1,934 XP
  • 1,600 Influence
  • 4 Power

Loot Edit

In Death Sacrifice icon In Death, SacrificeIn Death, Sacrifice
Unique Medium Armor
Blight is beaten, and we of the Hammer of Anderfels commit to this memory: that never will their tales be lost, for without them, the world was doomed.
Requires: Level 11

Armor: 156-159
Inquisition: +15 Maximum Health
+25% Melee Defense
+3% Stagger on Hit
On dying: 5% chance to heal for half health

Trespasser: +20 Maximum Health
+6% Melee Defense
+3% Stagger on Hit
On dying: 5% chance to heal for half health

Helm-Schematic-icon1 Inquisitor Hat SchematicInquisitor Hat Schematic
Helmet Schematic

Armor: 15–18–20–22
Armor: 3 Cloth
Utility: 7 Cloth

Unique ring icon Superb Ring of Life-DrainSuperb Ring of Life-Drain
Unique Ring

+10% Heal on kill

DAI-Rare-Belt-icon2 Enhanced Guard BeltEnhanced Guard Belt
Rare Belt
Increases maximum guard by the specified amount.

+20 Guard Max

Creature research icon Dragon GlandDragon Gland
Creature research item
This is a creature research item. Bring it to a creature research specialist to learn more about this type of creature.
(~20-30% chance)
Intense dragon blood icon Intense Dragon BloodIntense Dragon Blood
Rune Material
Dragon's Tooth icon Dragon's ToothDragon's Tooth
Critical-Crafting Material
This masterwork material gives a chance for critical crafting.
Dragon Webbing icon Dragon WebbingDragon Webbing
Dragon Scales icon Dragon ScalesDragon Scales
Dragon Bone icon Dragon BoneDragon Bone

Notes Edit

  • As of Patch 5, the AmuletofPowerIcon Amulet of PowerAmulet of Power
    Rare Amulet
    This amulet grants an ability point to whoever equips it. After it's used, the amulet shatters.

    Gain an ability point when equipped
    Single Use
    intended for Iron Bull can no longer be looted from the Northern Hunter.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Dragon Age logo - new Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 2, p. 304